• Stephen Reinert
  • Stephen Reinert
  • Associate Professor of History
  • Degree: Ph.D. in History (Byzantine, western medieval, medieval Balkans), UCLA (1982)
  • Additional Degree(s): M.A. in Near Eastern Languages & Cultures (Turcology), UCLA (1981) B.A. in History, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington (1972)
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers since 1985
  • Specialty: Late Byzantine & Early Ottoman History
  • Office: 206 Van Dyck Hall
  • Phone: 848-932-8234




My research focus is comparative Byzantine, Balkan, and Turkic history and culture in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in the figures Manuel II Palaiologos and Yildirim I Bayezid, and Christian perceptions of Islam and Muslims.


My current usual offerings are:


  • 510:213 The Crusades
  • 510:255 Dracula: Facts & Fictions
  • Seminars (History, Honors) Medieval Cluny, Christendom & Islam


  • 510:509 The Teaching of History
  • 510:541 Colloquium in Global History




My key articles on late Byzantine and early Ottoman history are published as Late Byzantine and Early Ottoman Studies (Ashgate, 2014). I am also the principal editor of TO ELLENIKON: Studies in Honor of Speros Vryonis, Jr., vol. 1, Hellenic Antiquity and Byzantium, and vol. 2, Byzantinoslavica, Islamica, the Balkans and Modern Greece (Caratzas, 1993). I am the coordinating translator and editor of the English edition of Matei Cazacu’s Dracula (Brill, 2017).


  • Byzantine Studies Association of North America
  • Turkish Studies Association
  • Medieval Academy of America